At least 64 people were killed and 76 were confirmed unexplained after a search at the collapsed site of a Florida condominium moved from rescue to recovery overnight, said Daniela Levinekaba, Mayor of Miami-Dade County. Said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
“Work continues at all speeds and urgency, and all task forces are deployed across the country and around the world,” said Levine Kava. “We are working 24 hours a day to recover the victims and close their families as soon as possible.”
Two weeks after the collapse, authorities moved from search to recovery work Wednesday night as hopes for finding more survivors in the rubble of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida diminished. Announced.
The transition from rescue to recovery took place Wednesday night, with a silent prayer in front of the building with the first responders and religious leaders, Levine Kava said.
Surfside Mayor Charles Barkett said Wednesday that the decision to move to a recovery operation was made after a consensus that “there is almost no chance that someone is still alive.”
However, Mr Barckett said Thursday afternoon that authorities had promised to continue searching for the victims.
“We won’t quit our job until they reach the bottom of the mountain and regain each and every one of their family’s missing loved ones. That’s what we’ve been saying,” Barckett said.
Levine Cava added that the search team is starting to collect personal items on the site, such as documents, credit cards, tech devices, and religious items. A process has been developed to return items to family members and survivors who report lost belongings.
“We will work hard in the coming weeks and months to reunite our families with as many items as possible,” Levin Cava said.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is investigating the cause of the collapse, Levine Cava said. The NIST team scans the site using a lidar scanner, a tool that uses photodetection to measure the exact distance of an object on the surface, and a drone to collect images for the probe.
Levine Cava also urged the public to support the investigation by submitting photos and videos related to the collapse to NIST.
Burkett provided the latest information on the rating of Champlain Towers North, a sister property of the collapsed condominium. In addition to using ground penetrating radar at the North Tower, engineers and authorities have taken concrete samples to determine the strength and potential salt content of the structure.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said authorities have continued to monitor weather conditions after Elsa was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical cyclone on Wednesday. DeSantis said one death was reported after the tree fell to an individual, noting concerns about moderate winds from water and storms.
DeSantis added that he and Levin Cava are working to suspend the enforcement of property taxes of all kinds. They ask Congress to remit property tax debt from Chambers South.
Levine Cava continues to conduct a 30-day audit on Wednesday night to evaluate all residential properties over four floors in Miami-Dade County that have been over 40 years old and have not completed the recertification process. I said there is.
Levine Cava said Wednesday that 40 buildings were accounted for under audit and authorities identified one with four unsafe balconies. Cities such as Surfside, North Miami Beach and Miami Beach also carry out their own audits.
Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the collapse of Champlain Towers South.
According to a 2018 report, the 40-year-old building showed signs of major structural damage, including cracks in the underground car park and waterproofing issues under the pool.
In a recent report, 2010 Florida law abolition The need for a condominium repair plan may have contributed to the collapse.